ISLAMABAD, Apr 22 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz
Sadiq has stressed on enhancing trade and commercial ties between
Iran and Pakistan to bring the two neighboring Muslim countries
closer in all other spheres of mutual concern.
Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq made these remarks during his formal
talks with the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani in
Majlis on Saturday at the start of the three-day official bilateral
visit of Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation to Iran.
Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who arrived in the Iranian capital
held a busy round of meetings with the top parliamentary and
political leadership, discussing critical issues of border security,
Afghanistan, Middle East situation, Yemen and Syrian crisis, trade
and commerce and other issues of mutual concern, says a fax message
received here from Iran.
During his meeting with Speaker Larijani, Speaker Sardar Ayaz
Sadiq stressed on the two sides to work closely for the progress of
the two nations and for the entire Muslim World. “We must not fall
prey to the sectarian divide and think for Muslim unity and
prosperity,” said the Speaker.
He lamented the fact that though the two countries shared a
common border of over 920 kms and yet the trade volume between the
two neighbors was disappointingly low.
He noted that the recent Joint Economic Commission had set the
target of taking the bilateral trade volume to the figure of 5
billion US dollars. However, given the existing potential, this
could easily be raised to three times.
He stressed on the Iranian side to lift the tariff barriers on
Pakistani exports of rice, citrus, fruits, cotton and other items.
He also invited Iran to join the CPEC to boost Iranian exports.
Citing the long-standing religious, cultural and emotional
ties between the two nations, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reaffirmed
Pakistan’s support to Iran for regional peace and Iran’s
“There are powers who do not want peace in the Muslim world
and we must understand this greater international conspiracy,” said
Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
Speaker, talking on Afghanistan issue, said that regional
issues should be resolved by the countries of the region without
interference of any foreign involvement.
He also highlighted the condition of Muslims in Occupied
Kashmir and said Pakistan considers solution of Kashmir issue
through UN resolutions and political dialogue.
Speaker Ali Larijani also welcomed parliamentary delegation
and extended Iran’s cooperation and support in his remarks.
He praised Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s frank approach and said that he
fully trusted the sincerer of his Pakistani counterpart.”You speak
from your heart so I believe in every word of yours,” said Speaker
The two speakers have agreed to provide the parliamentary
imputes to the ongoing peace initiatives and in this regard, Iran
declared its support to Pakistan’s parliamentary initiative of a
quadrilateral Parliamentary Peace Conference of China, Iran,
Pakistan and Afghanistan.